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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Hiram Walker / Christian Bros. Brandy Barrel

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in Brandy Barrels.

Original Release Info: 2010 Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in Hiram Walker>Christian Bros Brandy barrels (3 turns). This is one of four versions for 2010. Fairly oak neutral with some brandy notes. Added French oak spiral to each barrel. Estimated bottle count 350-400. Subject to change.

Vintages:
2010 Imperial Eclipse Stout Hiram Walker/Christian Bros. - (PURPLE OR BROWN WAX w/ 2010)
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout Brandy Barrel Blend Christian Bros - (BURGUNDY WAX w/ 2011)


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Huge thanks to Dschiller for sending me a BIG want, thanks Dave! Smell is super rich, big chocolate and sweet sugar. It almost smells like root beer, just awesome! really smooth taste, light barrel, definitely some vanilla notes in there. No alcohol burn at all, but I can taste the barrel. I had a parabola prior to this beer and man, does this kick Parabolas ass. Hands down one of my favorite variants of the Eclipse beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2564) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2011 Vintage Huge black pour with a monstorous brown head w/ great lacing. Big aroma sweet, boozy, dry malty, a fair amount of oak. huge well coated palate rich and creamy. Delicious big sweet malty flavor hints of oak and vanilla a touch of booze, not sure I would call it brandy other than the sweet finish. Complex and rich. Very delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2011 bomber. Poured near black with a short, smoked beige head. The aroma picked up sweet toasted chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa with sweet vinous accents.. some warmth to it, and great overall balance. The flavor found cocoa, dark chocolates, and cherry-kissed vanilla at the core, with black pepper and spicy oak on the edges.. finished with warm vinous notes and chocolatey boozage.. loved it! Heavy-bodied and silky through the palate with great balance.. wish I had more of this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3562) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 Bomber thanks to Ted. Pours pretty much black with a one-finger tan head and good lacing. The aroma is awesome as usual for Eclipse. Huge roast and coffee, dark chocolate, oak, and brandy. Amazing flavor. So incredibly balanced, with roasted malts, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, and brandy. Just incredbible, as it is for the other beers in the series. Fairly full bodied and extremely slick with soft carbonation and amazing smoothness. Once again, Eclipse owns. This is right up there with Pappy ’08 and Heaven Hill ’09 as the best in the series. Phenomenal. EDIT: Lots of bottle variation here. Always good, but not always life-altering. Lowering from 9/4/10/5/19 to 9/4/8/5/18

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
sampled during the 2011 RBWG weekendsampled among all of the other eclipse variants. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is sweet through and through. Brandy, oak, coffee and roast. Flavor is rich and meaty. Lots of roast, bitter cocoa, coffee. Finishes with nice light brandy notes. Not as sweet as I thought it would be and one of my favorites from the bunch, just not up there with the PVW version.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 21, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2012 2010 bottle. Maroon wax. Pours a very dark brown that’s ruby colored at the edges when held up to the light. A light tan head dissipates relatively quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma in brandy, toasted marshmallow, some honey, a bit of roastiness, some cocoa, grape, plum, as well as some light alcohol. The taste is relatively sweet with brandy, plum, toasted marshmallow, and cocoa. The finish has some roastiness as well as a light bitterness. The alcohol present in the nose was not present in the taste. Relatively light bodied for an imperial stout. Low carbonation. Just a great beer. I enjoyed this slight more than the other versions that I have had so far (4R, HH, EW). 9/4/9/4/18 650 ml bottle. 2011 version. Pours a dark brown with a small tan chocolate head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big brandy, some plum, light oak, a hint of marshmallow, and a quite boozy. The taste is sweet with brandy, marshmallow, some light roastiness, a bit of oak, and a lot of alcohol. The finish has a decent bitterness and is quite astringent. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was quite disappointing. It was very boozy and the flavors did not come together all that well. The astringency also took away from the beer. 6/4/6/3/13

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8002) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
2011 bottle, #1258. Pours onyx with 2-finger brown head. Looks great. Nose is roasty malt, cacao, hops, I get some piney sprucey Tanqueray ginny notes in this, spice and hops, oaky brandy, dark fruit. Tastes not quite as rich and thick as the other versions, with a rich malt flavor, cacao, sprucey ginny, dark fruit including plum and blackperry, hops. Very complex, with more oak, fruit, sprucey hops in the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (5042) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2013
Sampled at Dice’s going away party. As smooth a pour as I have seen and it feels just as nice. No head. This beer is a "wow". Vanilla, bourbon, and some truly delicious biig stout flavors take this to some amazing places.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle pours black with a beige head. Aroma shows dark chocolate, roasted malt, plum, and molasses. Flavor shows a definate brandy presence and is easily distinguished from it’s bourbon brothers. I was rather impressed by the brandy version and it’s probably my 2nd favorite, right after PVW that is. Now i just need JD and Old Fitz.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (13761) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Pitch black - brown head. Burned, licorice, high malty, oiley, nice wooden,, light boozy, brandy, sweetness, coffee, chocolate, ok bitterness, fruity, ok hoppy, nice wooden tartness. Lovely complexity.


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